Projects for Peace was founded by Kathryn W. Davis, an American investor, painter, philanthropist, and political activist. On her 100th birthday, Kathryn initiated the Projects for Peace by awarding $1 million to the first 100 projects. Thes projects aim to positively impact people globally. The projects employ creative and innovative avenues to focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, and building a global understanding that leads to lasting peace. The Davis family has continued this commitment and funds 100+ projects every year that contribute to global peace.
“There will always be conflict, but I’ll remind you that love, kindness, and support are also part of human nature. My challenge to you is to bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war.”
ISH - Davis Projects for Peace
ISH residents, as members of International Houses World Wide, have successfully been awarded Projects for Peace since 2009. Since then ISH residents have been involved in leading over 28 projects across the globe; including projects in Poland, Uganda, India, Madagascar, USA, UK, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bolivia, Thailand, Lebanon, Rwanda, Ukraine, Sudan, and Bangladesh.
A list of projects led by ISH residents, organised by year can be found HERE
Peace Projects 2022!
'Restore Peace with Nature'
ISH resident Paola Nogales Ascarrunz is carrying out a project in Yungas, La Paz- Bolivia.
The project contributes to peace by bringing together community members to restore their forests, breed bees and release butterflies. Therefore, the community will improve its economy through the sale of honey and by promoting ecotourism, the community will be a model in the region of sustainable and peaceful growth with nature.
'Nurturing peace through music for war-affected children in Donetsk, Ukraine '
ISH resident Nikita Burzanitsa is carrying out a project in Donetsk, Ukraine.
The project aims to provide children with resources and opportunities to develop their musical talent in order to help them cope with some of the conflict-related experiences during their childhood. This project is an effective way to aid children’s development by creative means, and can directly contribute to peace facilitation in Donetsk for the most vulnerable part of society, a much needed humanitarian action.
Celebrating Diversity: Mitigating Conflict with Kindness
ISH Resident Aneeza Pervez is carrying out a project in Lahore, Pakistan.
The project aims to contribute to the peace climate by developing an educational programme, in conjunction with teachers, that teaches primary school children how to identify interpersonal conflicts and navigate these with strategies embedded in the principles of kindness and helpfulness.
'Peacebuilding among Soo speakers through conservation of their Linguistic and Cultural Identity'
ISH resident Hercules Singh Munda is carrying out a project in Moroto District, Uganda.
Soo is a critically endangered language from the north-eastern region of Moroto, Uganda. With less than 100 fluent speakers the language community is on the verge of losing. By documenting their language, the project will empower the future young generation to learn about their heritage and tradition.
'Humsafar (We are together)'
ISH resident Astitva Jindal is carrying out a project in New Delhi, India
The project is about breaking the stigma associated with mental health problems in teens and young adults. We are launching a mental health campaign in New Delhi for marginalised communities, specifically school students aged 14 – 18.